Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has been awarded over £100k from the National Lottery Community Fund to promote good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout England.
Safeguarding and community buildings
Safeguarding is about creating a safe and welcoming environment for all. We all share a responsibility to keep children and adults safe from harm. The Charity Commission expects every charity to make safeguarding a priority and community building trustees have a duty of care for all who use their premises.
We will keep this page updated (published November 2020)
Steps to take
- Management committees should take practical steps to safeguard everyone from abuse, harassment and harm. Trustees should:
- Understand the risks. Who uses your hall and what types of harm might they experience?
- Agree on a Designated Safeguarding Lead and ensure they have the appropriate training.
- Develop a safeguarding policy and procedures which are regularly reviewed.
- Ensure safeguarding is addressed in the hiring agreement.
- Undertake eligibility checks for all new trustees
During 2021, CCS will be offering dedicated training for the safeguarding leads in hall committees.
What to do if you have a safeguarding concern?
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is in danger
In an emergency call the Police – 111 or 999
Download the ACRE Information sheets; Safeguarding in Village Halls, template Hiring Agreement and Trustee Eligibility Declaration at our member’s area. Or contact Sally directly.
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